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  1. Rega P1 and P2 turntables

    When I moved from the US to the UK 4+ years ago, I sold my Rega P1 turntable. I am now beginning to think about getting one here in the UK. I am not really an audiophile; I have about 100-150 LP's that are in really good shape; and I was fairly happy with P1. But when I got my P1 around 2010, a colleague who was an audiophile told me that I had made a mistake. He said that by going up to the next level I would have gotten much more for my money than I did by getting the entry level turntable such as P1. If that really is the case, I would like to avoid the mistake on my next turntable purchase. So could people let me know whether paying £150 extra for P2 is really worth it? (P1 is £250 and P2 is £400.). Thanks in advance for your views.
  2. Rega P1 and P2 turntables

    Like Larry said, no. It takes a little getting used to, but I think you will develop a muscle memory for putting the needle on and off records pretty quickly. I highly recommend the P2.
  3. Rega P1 and P2 turntables

    News update: I ended up getting the P2. I didn't get to demo anything as the shops here in London are all still closed. Basically, my desire to get one has been increasing lately, and P1 has been out of stock at all the online shops. And while the prices of both models went up recently, I found one shop online that had the P2 at the old price. Thought I should jump on it. I am really happy with P2 so far. Obviously, I can't compare the sounds. But if I remember my old P1, the sound was not as impressive as this new P2. I feel like with this P2 there is a greater disparity between the sound of the LP and that of the CD of the same recordings. Also, I really like the look of this P2 much better -- esp. the glass platter. Thanks again for all your advice and recommendations. My next music ambition: obtaining a nice copy of Gerry Mulligan's "What is There to Say?" (6-eye mono) at a decent price. I have an OK copy now, and its ticks seem more glaring and annoying on the P2! Most likely, I will have to do that next time I travel to the U.S.
  4. Rega P1 and P2 turntables

    Thanks, everyone. I wish that I could go into an audio shop and listen to these tables. I may wait a bit longer (a year?) to be able to do that. I may be foolish in thinking this way, but I don't think I want to keep thinking about and spending money on improving my audio system. For one thing, I don't want to spend increasing amounts of money on a process that may be never ending -- as some people have warned me based on their own experiences. For another, I'd rather spend my mental energy on the music rather than the technology.
  5. Here are a couple of frivolous questions. (1) Lots of great jazz musicians died quite young. Who, aside from Charlie Parker, do you most wish had lived a little longer to record 3 more albums? (2) Who do you most wish had recorded 3 (additional) albums with Alfred Lion? I expect many will name John Coltrane. My own answer to both questions: Booker Little. His 4 albums are all astounding; and he seems to have been on a very steep upward trajectory. Too bad he died so early.
  6. Does anyone know the reason for limiting the first Hodges set to vinyl? I've been listening to the second set lately, and really wish that the first set was also available on CD. I have 2 Japanese CD's that cover some of the 1951-54 material -- "Castle Rock" and "Used to be Duke" -- and would love the other sessions as well.
  7. Thanks. That makes sense. I noticed on eBay that there is a series of LP's put out by the French Verve that covers the period. Would have been super nice to have the stuff on CD too. Happy holidays to you too!
  8. Yes, saw that article too, and that rekindled my desire for a 1940's set of Byas. One can only fantasise.
  9. Lionel Hampton and Lucky Thompson would be really good. But most of all, some Don Byas mid-1940's would be my dream set. That, and the Jimmy Giuffre Verve set.
  10. Would a new amp help?

    I have been bothered lately with how poor the sound of classical orchestral music (symphonies, operas etc.) is on my system, and am wondering whether getting a new amplifier would help. I currently have an ancient Sony integrated amplifier from the 1980's. It is connected to Cambridge Audio AXC35 CD player, which is just a step above the most basic model from Cambridge Audio. Another feature of my setup that may be relevant is that the amplifier runs through a current transformer. I am in the UK, and the amplifier was brought here from the US when I moved close to 4 years ago. The CD player I brought with it died, and that is why I have the new Cambridge Audio CD player. I am wondering whether getting a matching amplifier (AXA35) from Cambridge Audio would improve the sound significantly. The sound on my system for small group jazz and classical chamber music sounds fine to me. It is only when I play orchestral music that I find the music muffled and opaque. Any advice you have would be much appreciated. I am not an audiophile by any means. I have consciously avoided becoming one because I can't afford to be. But for some reason, lately, playing orchestral music has become a source of frustration. Thanks in advance for your opinion.
  11. Would a new amp help?

    Thank you for really helpful set of recommendations. As soon as it is safer to venture out and visit audio shops, I will do as you recommend. I am a middle aged man, and I think my hearing is fine. But I will check when I visit my doctor one of these days. Thanks again.
  12. Would a new amp help?

    Thanks for the replies. The specifics of the system are as follows: Cambridge Audio AXC35 CD player Sony STR-D365 Amplifier/Receiver Acoustic Research AR15 speakers I don't have any headphones, I'm afraid, other than the basic iPhone headphones. As for the specifics of dissatisfaction with the sound, I'm not sure I can be more specific than the gestural complaint I had. I think I would like to hear more precision and clarity than I hear. The different instruments appear to blend into each other. This is what I meant by saying that the sound is "muffled" and "opaque". And I do think that the there is an absence of high and low frequencies too, but am not sure. Sorry to be so uninformative about this. Any tips/guesses would be appreciated.
  13. I just ordered this, but had it sent to my brother's in California, rather than have it sent to me in London. Maybe I'm being paranoid, but have little confidence in USPS and Royal Mail right now, and UPS to London is prohibitive. (Royal Mail appears to just have lost a large shipment of coffee and books from Amazon UK.). I'm also afraid that this set will sell out soon. So, don't know when I can travel to California again, but the music will be there waiting for me. This is the Mosaic set I am most excited about since I don't know when... Maybe the Gerry Mulligan CJB set, or even the Thad Jones and Curtis Fuller sets, which were my very first Mosaic sets back when I was a poor grad student in Ann Arbor, Michigan! Too bad I won't get to listen to it for a long time. In the meantime, hope everyone can stay safe and healthy. And long live Mosaic! May they keep soldiering on and fight the good fight!
  14. I would love the Jimmy Giuffre Verve recordings. Probably not much market for it, but hey... And I wish I could have Ruby Braff's various recordings of the 1950's in a nice set. I sort of gave up on collecting the LP's, as so many of the ones I purchased through eBay were defective -- poorly pressed or significantly scratched or both. Also, Hal McKusick & Art Farmer Coral & Decca sessions Jimmy Raney ABC-Paramount sessions Bob Brokmeeyer Verve sessions Lucky Thompson ABC-Paramount sessions I think the Lucky Thompson was in the works some time before it fizzled out for some reason.
  15. Hello everyone. If you have any recommendations for record stores in Philly, please let me know. I'll be close to U. Penn campus.
  16. Paul Motian

    I've been listening to some of Paul Motian's last small group records -- some with Frisell and Lovano, and others with other people, including some with vocalists. They are very fine and likable records. I am thinking there must be more music recorded, and wonder whether they will become available some time. Perhaps Frisell and Lovano, or Manfred Eicher or the fellow who runs Winter & Winter will put them out. Hope so. I miss the days when we could expect at least one new Motian record a year.
  17. Hi guys. I think I've seen a thread on this topic, but I can't find it right now. I just got my Mosaic Savoy and Dial sets, and want to replace the flimsy jewel cases that Mosaic used, which also have centre spokes that make taking out CD's hard and dangerous. What I am looking for I think are called "chubby doubles". They are twice the thickness of regular jewel cases, and can store 3-4 CD's. I would like to get high quality ones that use thick plastic and have spokes that release the CD's without the fear of breaking the CD's. I am in the UK, and would like leads on sellers of such CD cases for the UK or the US. (I can retrieve them next time I am in the US.) Thanks in advance.
  18. Yes, that might be the way to go. I need 5 that holds 3 CD's and 1 that holds 4 CD's. Thanks.
  19. Thanks, Dmitry. But these look like, judging from the pictures on Amazon, that they have centre tray spokes that make releasing CD's difficult. The jewel cases that Mosaic used are like these, and they seem to hold the CD's very tightly and make retrieving CD's difficult and precarious. I am looking for ones that have centre tray spokes that are like the tray spokes on the regular jewel cases -- with 12 teeth. I hope that makes sense.
  20. Does anyone know whether this recording overlaps with the "Live Trane" set issued by Pablo some years back? Thanks .
  21. Is this set worth getting? I saw it for $20 at a used CD store yesterday.
  22. If you could recommend some good jazz CD & record shops -- both used and new -- I'd appreciate it. Just moved here, and finally feel settled enough to have a look.
  23. I would like to find out people's opinions about this set. I'm just beginning to enjoy pre-bebop jazz, and I thought I might like this. I've been listening to some old Blue Note recordings by the likes of Edmund Hall, Art Hodes, and (old pre-4000 series) Ike Quebec, and I've been enjoying them (to my surprise). Based upon the track samples on the Mosaic website I get the impression that Jacquet and Quebec are quite similar in their styles and temperament. Am I way off on this? Any feedback would be appreciated.
  24. Holy cow! I had no idea. What a sad loss...